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Icardi Rousori 2005, D.O.C. Dolcetto d'Alba  **HERITAGE WINE**

color: very dark, almost black, red with purple.
Nose:  initially quite restrained, but after some minutes more expressive with earthy-spicy and rich sweet-fruity nuances (cherry), minerals, tobacco, some smoke, iodine, beautiful depth, concentration and also some complexity. Lots of hidden potential.
Taste:  fresh, but also rich, round, intense and powerful, packed with earthy dark fruit (cherry), some minerals, chewy, but very soft tannins, obvious alcohol, depth and some complexity, very clean and pure, very good balance.
Finish: long, loaded with complex and earthy, spicy fruit (cherry), some pepper, excellent balance, clean and pure character.

* A strong, bold and very pure wine, loaded with rich and earthy cherry fruit, concentrated, intense, but also very drinkable and fresh, between the numerous layers of fruit there are impressions of minerals and smoke, a singular wine with depth and complexity. Organically produced, but not certified as such.

- Drink this wine between now and 2008, may improve with age, but I fear the impressive fruit might suffer quite quickly after 2008.

- Do not think the character of this wine is the same as the name of its grape. It is strong and impressive. There is also a soft side: it is ultimately drinkable. Brimming with character this wine really is a strong character. The intense fruit is so earthy and expressing the terroir so strongly this wine in my view certainly is a "Heritage Wine". No mainstream character, but a delight to taste and drink among so many good but too often boring wines.

- lotnr.: L 180406

- tasted: 16-10-’06

- estimated retail price ca. 7 euro

- average production: not indicated

- Azienda Agricola Icardi, Loc. San Lazzaro, Via Balbi, 30, 12053 Castiglione Tinella (CN), tel.: + 39-0141855159, e-mail:

- export agent: Enoteca Nederland,  Mr. Maarten Bonants, tel.: +31-344613736, fax.: +31-344612550, e-mail: